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ICYMI: How School Shooting Caused YABATECH To Suspend Its ‘Student Week’

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The management of the Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, Lagos, has suspended the ongoing “Students’ Week“ due to the shooting incident which occurred on Wednesday in the college.

Mr Joe Ejiofor, Deputy Registrar of YABATECH, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Thursday, December 1, 2022, that the step became necessary to restore sanity as the event attracted an influx of miscreants and non-students in the school.

Ejiofor, also the Head of Public Relations unit of YABATECH, expressed discontentment over the incident.

He said the person who was shot was not a student of YABATECH and that shooter had been apprehended.

“Truly there was a problem that resulted in a shooting incident which took place on Wednesday during the ongoing ‘Students’ week’ but the people involved are not our students.

“There was an influx of people on the campus due to the activities and unfortunately some miscreants in the environment took undue advantage of the event to attack their opponents.

“The college management, therefore, suspended the event with immediate effect because of the sad development that involved shooting but the good news is that the perpetrator has been arrested and at present at the Sabo Police Station, Yaba,“ Ejiofor said.

The YABATECH deputy registrar noted that as a responsible and responsive management, its main task was to ensure the safety of staff and students on campus adding, “the college management will not relent on this’.

Lagos Student Shot Dead As Cult Groups Clash In YabaTech

An unidentified student of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos was shot dead, on Thursday, September 15, 2022, around 9 pm, by suspected cultist.

Our correspondent, who was in the school at the time of the incident, noted that the student was shot twice while other students ran for safety.

A student, Tayo Aina, noted that she was behind the student that was shot.

In a jittery voice, she said, “I was going for night class because my final exam is tomorrow and the next thing I heard was a gunshot and the guy behind me fell.

“I can’t say exactly but they were about two to three guys who were standing and I could see one with a gun as I ran for safety.”

Another student, who only identified herself as Mujibat stated that the level of cult shootings and killings in the school had to be stopped.

She stated, “It was a day to our matric during my National Diploma days when someone was also killed. It’s not the first time this is happening and no development has been made towards the issue at all.”

Mujibat noted that she was also on her way to the night class when she heard gunshots and students running helter-skelter for safety.

Confirming the story, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, stated that the incident was true.

He stated, “The DPO of the area already visited the scene and confirmed that the incident did happen.”

He also noted that further details would be released by the police after investigations.

All efforts to reach the school’s Rector proved abortive.

No Cut Off Marks Set For 2021 Post-UTME Yet – YabaTech

The Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, has distanced itself from rumours in some quarters that it had released cut-off marks for placement of candidates into the institution for the 2020/2021 academic session.

Joe Ejiofor, the deputy registrar of the college, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, that the information was untrue and misleading.

“We advise candidates that wrote our Post UTME for placements into our institution to disregard the fictional cutoff marks flying all over social media and wait for authentic college cutoff marks,” he said.

According to him, the Admissions Committee of the institution will meet soon to determine the cut off marks for the various programmes.

Ejiofor, who described the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, held virtually in March as a huge success, urged the public to disregard any information that did not emanate from the college concerning the cut off marks.

He said that the seamless nature of the Post UTME held ensured the quick release of results of candidates.

“The result came out within 48 hours and were forwarded to candidates through the respective emails used for registration.

“The college examination committee will meet before the week runs out or at most, early next week, to determine cut off marks for the courses and likewise make it available,” he said.

According to him, candidates’ score aggregate has also been graded and forwarded to them, while some of them were disqualified for various examination offenses contrary to the college instructions.

The deputy registrar, who is also the Public Relations Officer of the college, told NAN  that those who did not upload their ‘O’ level subjects to the college portal during the Post UTME registration and those also caught on camera cheating, were all disqualified.

“Yaba Tech has zero-tolerance for indiscipline.

“Some candidates not complying to due process as instructed by the examination committee, likewise some who were caught on camera during the examination were flagged.

“Others fall into the category of incomplete necessary subject requirements for the programme and courses they applied for during their registration process; so, the committee has taken decision based on the findings.

“The affected candidates that violated the examination guidelines as it were, have been disqualified and have also been informed, as the reason for their disqualification was clearly stated,” he told NAN.

He added that the management of the college was responsive and determined to keep to the  Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, directive, which stated that all heads of tertiary institution should conclude admission for 2020/2021 session latest by April/May 2021.

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